A new community in Swindon

When your plan is to build new homes, you should think about building a community, not just housing. That’s the idea behind our investment in a new housing project, in our home town of Swindon. It’s an idea chosen by our members, developed around the needs of those who’ll live there and the surrounding communities.

We're listening to what matters to you

Latest designs

Based on your feedback from the events in June and September, the architects and landscape designers have continued to develop plans for the new community on the Oakfield Campus. We listened to what was important to you and we’re now pretty excited to share the updated design plans.

The latest designs for the Oakfield Campus are here for you to look at and get a more detailed sense of the community we are creating together. Of course, after you’ve had a good look around, we’d appreciate your feedback on the form below one final time before we apply for planning permission.

Take a fresh look

Since September we’ve been working hard on the finer details. We’ve refined the masterplan layout to add more landscape into the streets and we’ve worked on the housing designs to ensure we offer a good mixture of homes ranging from 1-bedroom flats to 4-bedroom homes, suited to a wide range of ages and family types. We’ve been focussing on what else the site can offer, developing the community hub which will form an integral part of the development, and the wider neighbourhood. We’ve also focused on the new park, making sure there’s plenty of green space for people (and dogs) to walk, play, rest and enjoy.

And we’ve looked hard at parking space capacity to make sure we provide enough spaces, without compromising the attractiveness of the streets.

Welcome to the neighbourhood

Listening to your feedback, we’ve developed the designs further so you can begin to get a feel for what the place will be like. This early artist’s impression shows a typical street scene. We’re still working on the designs and consulting with local planners, but we think they will strike a nice balance between being contemporary and architect-designed and being of built of traditional, good quality materials.

The illustration shows an intergenerational neighbourhood; family housing alongside specialist housing designed for older residents. You can take a look at the specific detail of each house type.

A breath of fresh air

We’re really excited to share the designs for the park in the centre of the development, which will form part of a green corridor from the south across Marlowe Avenue and open up access to the Community Forest to the north. Your feedback has informed the design, and we’ve made sure that a cycle path has been incorporated and there’s plenty of open space for dog walkers. There’s a big emphasis on play, with good quality play equipment for children, as well as a grassed ‘amphitheatre’ where the community can have informal get togethers. We’ll be planting lots of native British trees and shrubs, and the park’s designed to have a natural feel, using lots of raw materials.

The future

This is a work in progress, and probably won’t start before 2020. We’ll be applying for planning permission in early 2019 and we’ll share the details of that as soon as we have them. We’d like to be part of this community for a long time. We want to help it develop, so it has a proper chance to grow.

For now, this is a local scheme, but we hope it’ll start a national debate about how new homes are built.

Keith Brown

Meet Keith, our Community Organiser

Keith Brown has been hired by Nationwide as a Community Organiser to make sure everyone local to Oakfield Campus is empowered and supported to make their voice heard and help create positive change in this neighbourhood.

Please contact him on 07825 832843 or by email oakfield@nationwide.co.uk

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